Thursday, May 10, 2012

Listening to Half Blood Blues

Hello there, readers! How are your weeks going?

You may remember that I reviewed Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan a few weeks ago. The novel is short-listed for the Orange Prize, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, and the winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Half Blood Blues tells the story of a group of jazz musicians dealing with racial tensions and the Nazi invasion in Berlin and Paris.

I know some of you ambitious people are trying to read through the prize lists this year. If you are working through the Orange shortlist or the Booker finalists, you may want to break it up by adding an audiobook to your library pile. The audiobook for Half Blood Blues is narrated by Kyle Riley.

I am psyched to give you a sneak peak of the audio, courtesy of Esther Bochner of Macmillan.Click on the link below and decide if Half Blood Blues will be the next track on your Ipod.

Of those books nominated for the Orange shortlist, I have only read Half Blood Blues and State of Wonder. You can check out nomadreader for reviews of all of the books on the shortlist. The winner will be announced on May 30.

P.S. Happy Birthday to my handsome hubby who will be graduating from seminary in a week! Hooray!


  1. I really want this one... too bad the Atlanta libraries don't have most of those featured on the long or short list! UGH. Curses. Anyway, I feel like this book would be perfect for an audio endeavor, based on what I've gathered from Carrie and other people that have reviewed it. I've never listened to a book in audio form, so perhaps I'll finally give it a go. Glad to see you are enjoying it! Congrats on your hubby's success.

    1. Have you checked if you can access audiobooks online through your library? From my library's website, I can get to listenNJ, which is a downloadable database of several libraries. That means I can listen to audiobooks my particular branch may not have.

  2. This book is just perfect for audio. I'm always amazed at how different the reading experience is on audio - at the moment I'm listening to Pride and Prejudice (I've read it a few times before) and it's a completely different book when read aloud!

    1. I agree. I listened to the clip and told my husband that was exactly how I thought Sid would sound.
      I think it's a great idea to experience a beloved book a different way. I'm starting to think about listening to my favorite books!